By Leah Winn
The Colonial Classic will begin today at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, located in Lowell, Mass. Proudly hosted by the Colonial Figure Skating Club, this weekend marks the 31st anniversary of this event. The 2015 Colonial Classic will host over 150 teams in 27 different events.
The competition will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday with the pre juvenile group A division. The open juvenile group A and preliminary group A events will follow.
Saturday’s competition will begin at approximately 11 a.m. with ten pre juvenile group B teams, followed by open juvenile group B, which will have 9 teams competing.
The first IJS event of the competition will be the novice division. There are 10 teams entered in the division. Teams to watch include defending national champions, the Ice Mates, and the reigning national bronze medalists, the Skyliners. The event will continue with preliminary group B, and beginner 1, groups A and B.
The next division to take the ice will be the intermediate division. There are 15 teams competing, including last season’s national silver medalists, Star Mates, and national pewter medalists, Team Delaware.
The last Beginner 1 event, group C, will take place next and will be followed by beginner 2 group A and open juvenile group C. This year’s open juvenile event includes three different groups (A, B, and C), and totals 26 different teams.
Following this event will be the junior short program and master’s division. This year’s masters event includes Esprit de Corps of the Hayden Recreation Center, last season’s national silver medalists, and Gotham City Synchro, representing the SC of New York. Closing out the event for Saturday will be the senior short program, which includes the Haydenettes and Miami University Senior Varsity team.
The Colonial Classic will resume on Sunday morning at 10:55 a.m. with the Chesapeake Captains in the collegiate division. The adult event will follow. There will be four teams competing this year in this division, including the Bluewater Blades, which is new to the adult division. The Colonials will also compete in this division.
The juvenile teams take the ice next with ten different teams including Skyliners, the defending national champions and Mini Mates, last year’s national bronze medalists.
With just a couple weeks away from their Team USA international assignment at the Mozart Cup in Salzburg, Austria, the Lexettes will look to capture gold in the junior long program. Other teams competing in this event include Team Delaware and Synchroettes.
An event to watch will be the senior long program. This year’s competing teams include the defending national Champions, the Haydenettes, and last season’s national pewter medalists, Miami University. Both look to capture a place on the World Team at next month’s U.S Synchronized Skating Championship in Providence, Rhode Island.
Following the senior long program is the open masters and open adult divisions. Beginner 2, group B, C, and D will follow. Each group will have four teams competing. The final event of the competition will be beginner 3 which includes Snowflurries, Synchro Stars, and Team Image.
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